Gardening 101 Classes

Upcoming Classes

VGSD Gardening 101 Classes


Lemon Grove

Three Saturdays, 9am to 1pm
September 9, 16, and 23
Cost: $100 RSVP


Wild Willow Farm Classes

Farming 102
Vegetable Plant Families

Brassica Family
September 9

Onion and Carrot Families
September 16

10am to 4pm at Wild Willow Farm

$60/class General Public
$50/class WWF Student, Alumni, or Farmer's Guild Member

Eventbrite - Farming 102: Brassica Family — History, Cultivation, and Preparation

Eventbrite - Farming 102: Onion and Carrot Families — History, Cultivation, and Preparation

Farming 102 dives deeply into the plant families we call food. The more you know about the plants, the better you will be at growing them.

In organic gardening and farming, plant knowledge proves to be an invaluable tool that allows us to quickly assess a number of key considerations necessary for growing food successfully. Over the course of six weeks you'll learn the fundamental conditions that help common vegetables thrive. Join us as we explore the history, cultural heritage, cultivation, preparation and use of common seasonal crop families.


Introduction to Beekeeping

Saturday, September 23
10am to 4pm at Wild Willow Farm

WHATS ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT? Please join us at Wild Willow for a fun an informative class about keeping bees. If you have ever dreamt of getting to know honeybees a little better this is your chance. Get some hands-on experience with our resident bees and beekeeper. We'll discuss honeybee society, types of hives, hive parts, hive tools used, and beehive etiquette (do's and don'ts).

We will be doing a number of tasks that are common when caring for bees, such as

Observing bee behaviors
Looking inside hives to see the activities
Assessing the needs of the bees
Look for signs of pests
Indications to honey production
Attitudes of bees

Eventbrite - Introduction to Beekeeping


Goats and Cheese Class

Saturday, September 23, 1pm
at Wild Willow Farm

Do you love goat cheese?! Ever wonder about the creatures behind the milk and how it turns into one of your favorite cheeses?

Join us as we meet the Wild Willow goats while learning the basic care that they need to be happy and healthy. Afterwards, enjoy a sampling of simple farmer cheese and chevre as you will be taken step by step on how to make a beginner farmer soft cheese. Discover the various ways of flavoring your cheese from using farm fresh herbs or honey and lavender.

This is a popular class and space is limited. Reserve your spot now!

Eventbrite - Goats and Cheese Class


Farming 101
Introduction to Small-scale
Regenerative Farming

Now Enrolling: Fall Six-week Session

NEW DATES: Sep 30 to Nov 11

Field Labs Saturdays 9am to 4pm
at Wild Willow Farm
Classes Wednesday 7pm to 9pm in central San Diego

Learn more.

Wild Willow Farm's Farming 101: Introduction to Small-scale Regenerative Farming course offers students an introduction to techniques and strategies for small farming or agricultural advocacy, or to simply grow more of their own food.

Learn to Grow Food at Home!

Want to learn how easy it is to grow fresh, tasty and healthy vegetables in your own yard?

Gardening 101 Vegetable Gardening
Gardening 201 Container Gardening
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Gardening 101 Vegetable Gardening

3-part class, one day/week for 3 weeks (4 hours)

Our signature program is a three-part class offering hands-on instruction that teaches fundamental concepts for growing food where you live. The classes are given throughout the year at different locations throughout the San Diego Urban Region. All classes are hands on, meaning that you will be getting your hands in the dirt.

Class topics include:

Natural ways to eliminate your existing lawn
Soil Amendment
Bed Preparation and Soil Awareness
Plant Selection
Planting, Maintaining and Harvesting your Garden
Irrigation
Composting
How to Prepare and Eat your Harvest!

Class Information: Class size is limited to ensure maximum participation. Acceptance into the class is on a first paid/first served basis. These classes take place at private homes, schools, workplaces, and organization sites throughout the region.

Upcoming Classes are posted on the right.


Gardening 201 Container Gardening

One three-hour class

Don't have a yard? Not to worry! You might have a window or a balcony you can use instead. This class covers what you need to know to successfully grow food in containers!

You will learn about keeping plants healthy in a container, what you can use as a container, and how to create a plan for the space you have. Come join us and learn how to start a garden on your balcony or small yard space.

Class Information: Class size is limited to ensure maximum participation. Acceptance into the class is on a first paid/first served basis. These classes take place at private homes, schools, workplaces, and organization sites throughout the region.

Upcoming Classes are posted on the right.

Host VGSD Gardening 101 Classes

If you'd like your home, church, business or organizational space to host a three-week VGSD Gardening 101 class series, please apply.

Here's what we need for your site to be considered:

If you wish to be considered, please fill out our application. You will be contacted and ask to send photos or supply further information.

Victory Gardens San Diego

Helping people start growing their own food through collaborative garden builds, hands-on garden education and community outreach.

VGSD is a program of San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project and works hand-in-hand with several San Diego food-movement groups to further our mission.

VGSD Values:

Since our inception in March of 2009, VGSD has helped many new gardeners develop almost 100 home, community, school and organizational gardens. These activities have involved hundreds of volunteers and thousands of volunteer service hours to help San Diegans create a healthier, more local food system.


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